A Gwailo's View of Han Zi !
A Blog featuring my experiments with Han Zi and digital typographic art and articles on Chinese derived characters. Also some articles on Chinese characters in general and their use of multiple Asian languages.
Here's a lovely #Surimono by #Hokkei a student of Hokusai.
Hokkei's drawingis perhaps more "delicate" than his masters possibly due to rimpa influence or studying Hiroshige as well as Hokusai. I like the way the color range has been reduced to bring out the details of the wing feathers!
Zheng Jie is better known for using bamboos and epidendrums as a theme.
Where he could have seen eagles living in Yangzhou I don't know? It's a lively energetic work.
He worked as a magistrate in Shandong province. Perhaps there?
Retiring to Yangzhou in his later years and being pestered by fans for paintings in exchange for "gifts" he is said to have put this notice on on his front gate along with a list of prices for each scroll size!
"Gifts and foods are not as good as cash, since what you give me might not necessarily be what I like. If you present cold, hard cash, then my heart swells with joy and everything I paint or write is excellent."
Zheng Jie is regarded as being one of the Yangzhou Eccentrics group.
Some people were "gifting" artists with "tokens of appreciation" by providing rent free housing or rolls of silk or bags of rice or swapping collectibles. One was supposedly to refer to these as gifts.
Being totally honest about how a retired magistrate who painted made money from his art was apparently "eccentric" in 18th China?!
While searching for images of hoopoes for a different blog I cam across this.
Zhao Mengfu is usually mentioned as a LANDSCAPE painter in texts on Chinese paintings but he also painted bird and flower themes but frankly I like this one better than the landscape usually shown OVER AND OVER again in most books! Also the various collectors and previous owners had the good taste to apply their personal seals in the blank spaces at the edges!
Also bear in mind some old European oil paintings the colors have changed over the colors. I suspect the greens were once much stronger. There's still a lot of exquisite detail despite this being a lower resolution web file and image much smaller than original scroll! Enjoy!
Japanese uses a kanji that means vulture in Chinese to mean eagle and uses this kanji for HAWK!
During the recent "upgrade" of a certain online lexicon someone snafu'd the Hakka entries so I have no idea what the tone is for the Hakka entry!
The chinese word ying and its hanzi appears in a variety of compound words to describe various avian raptor species including falcons and hawks as well as eagles.
You may also see the Cantonese jing spelt as ying in some romanisations.
There are also other words for eagle but this appears to be the main term.
Look up diao and shuang.
The next post in this birds series will be a painting!
Some time in the near future due to a discussion with a Twitter acquaintance I may post on Sinitic influence on Vietnam and why Viets and other Asians get sick of being mistaken for Chinese and vice versa.